Despite government-mandated COVID restrictions (and the verse from Romans 13 about the importance of obeying government authorities), many churches are openly flouting them, creating an environment where the virus can spread rapidly.
One such church is that of Pastor Rob McCoy, the head of California’s Godspeak Calvary Chapel and a conservative activist, who claims that “the gloves are coming off” if the government tries to stop him.
COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise in California, but on Saturday night, McCoy portrayed public health restrictions as part of a conspiracy to impose Marxist ideology on the state. McCoy told Instagram viewers:
“If you don’t have enough evidence to see this charade, then you need to get your head out of the sand. You need to awaken. You need to start to look beyond what they’re feeding you with this pudding of deception and start realizing that this virus does not merit the draconian measures that they’re placing upon the churches and businesses but not these Marxist revolutionaries who are burning our cities. Wake up! Participate! Stand! Encourage your pastors to do the same.”
Tell that to the families of people who’ve died from coronavirus. There are more of them every day so it shouldn’t be difficult to find someone.
McCoy, by the way, was an elected official. He sat on the Thousand Oaks City Council for years, including one year as mayor, until he resigned months ago specifically so he could hold in-person services at his church in defiance of state law and basic human decency.
Just last week, McCoy was sharing that video promoted by Donald Trump featuring doctors promoting hydroxychloroquine (including the doctor who believes in alien DNA and demon sex) until it was taken down against his will.
It’s always disturbing when people listen to charlatans with no science or medical experience over trained professionals when it comes to a deadly virus. It’s far worse when someone in a position of trust and authority promotes the same harmful misinformation.
We’ve seen this scenario play out time and time again, though. The people who make a show of denying the severity of the virus tend to end up getting it…or suffering the loss of family and/or congregants who contract it. I don’t want McCoy or his family to suffer. If only he showed the same compassion for anyone else.
(via Right Wing Watch)